At Kindt Clinics, you overcome your fear of mice and rats

We are a team of experienced psychologists and a general practitioner, specialized in the treatment of fears and phobias. For this, we use the fast and effective Memrec method, based on the latest developments in neuroscience.

Our goal is to help you live a life free from unnecessary fear.

Musophobia is debilitating

Many people are afraid of mice or rats. After all, they are considered pests. However, if the fear of encountering a rat or mouse is excessive, it is called musophobia or ratophobia.

Even though you may know rationally that a mouse or rat cannot be life-threatening, that knowledge becomes irrelevant the moment you see one. The fear takes over.

Because mice and rats cannot be completely avoided in daily life, these phobias can be very debilitating.

Symptoms of mouse or rat phobia

In the brain of someone with musophobia, an unnecessary connection has formed between mice and fear.
Every time you see a mouse, your body responds as though you are in great danger.

Panic response

High heart rate




Urge to escape

Quick and effective treatment of mouse or rat phobia

Kindt Clinics was founded by Prof. dr. Merel Kindt from the University of Amsterdam. After 20 years of scientific research into the human brain, she developed a new way of treating irrational fears, called the Memrec (memory reconsolidation) method. Memrec has an 85% success rate and takes place in two short sessions over the course of 24-48 hours.

Three appointments

Intake interview (online), treatment, and outcome test.

High success rate

With 85% of our patients, the treatment is successful.

Permanent result

After a successful treatment, the fear does not return.


Experiences of others

Watch a treatment

If you suffer from a fear of mice and/or rats, you might prefer not to see images of these animals. Therefore, this video shows parts of a treatment for acrophobia and fear of chickens at Kindt Clinics (from the Canadian documentary program The Nature of Things).

Until minute 09:40, it discusses the Memrec method for acrophobia and fear of chickens. The remainder of the program covers other scientific aspects related to fear.

Note: At minute 32:28, spiders will appear on screen.

Read about Tineke's experience

“I have had a very positive experience at Kindt Clinics. By going to Kindt Clinics, I have overcome my (51-year-long) fear of rats. Kindness, involvement, expertise, and result – these are words that best summarize my treatment.”

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“I don’t really have any specific areas for improvement. But if I had to mention something, there could possibly be a bit more attention given to the impact that the treatment has during the first few weeks afterward. For example, I was completely exhausted in the first week after my treatment, and you often wonder: how will it be when the first real-life confrontation happens… You still feel uncertain about that. But again, these would just be minor points, everything was perfect. I also found the process leading up to the treatment to be very positive. The email correspondence was pleasant, the questions I had were answered quickly and thoroughly, and the intake interview was very helpful to have.”

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Frequently asked questions about the treatment of rat and/or mouse phobia

Below are the most frequently asked questions about the treatment. Feel free to contact us for any other questions.

On the day of the treatment, you come to Kindt Clinics. We have a chat, and when you’re ready, you accompany the therapist to a room containing a mouse or rat in a cage or container. The therapist assists you in properly evoking the fear. Of course, you are never surprised or forced to do anything. Afterward, you receive the pill (a beta-blocker), and you stay with us for 1.5 hours for the rest period.

A day (or a few days) later, you return, and we test the effect. Ideally, you will immediately notice that the intense physical reaction is absent when you see the mouse or rat again. We take the time to help you adjust to this experience and build confidence.

Subsequently, we keep in touch, and you are always welcome for an additional practice session.

For the treatment to be successful, we need to work with a real mouse or rat. What is needed to properly trigger the fear varies from person to person. However challenging it may be, it helps if you surrender to this once. Of course, we never surprise or force you.

Like muscle memory, we also have emotional memory. Emotional memory tells our bodies how to feel and react to different situations. If you have a phobia of mice, your emotional memory contains an unnecessary connection between mice and fear. This causes your body to respond with fear as soon as you see or even think of a mouse.

The Memrec treatment is based around altering this emotional memory in one treatment session – changing how your body responds when you are confronted with your fear. 

This change can only be made by first triggering the relevant emotional memory. The best way to do this is by briefly confronting you once, with an actual mouse or rat. We help you to approach your fear, and tell you when to stop when the fear is sufficiently activated. After that, we give you a single dose of a beta-blocker. This pill is usually taken to lower blood pressure but serves a different function in this treatment. It blocks specific receptors in the brain. Thereby, it interferes with how the fear memory that has been activated during the treatment is re-saved in the brain during sleep. 

As a result, the connection between mice or rats and fear is significantly weakened overnight. The next day, the body no longer exhibits a strong fear response when seeing a mouse or rat. Instead, you have a more neutral reaction and often even feel curiosity towards mice and rats. We test the effect with you.

It’s a strange sensation to suddenly be able to be near a mouse or rat without panicking. Therefore we take the time to help you build confidence that the fear does not return. 


A treatment is successful when the fear of mice and/or rats no longer hinders you in your daily life. No one is happy with a mouse or rat in the house, but the excessive reaction has disappeared.

83% of treatments for musophobia and ratophobia succeed on the first attempt, with an additional 7% succeeding on the second attempt. The effect is permanent.